6 Week Online Course | Instructor: Phillip Sevy

Introduction to Figure Drawing & Anatomy

This intensive course focuses on being able to build from scratch the entire human figure with correct and proportional anatomy without the need for photo reference.

During the course, you’ll build on an established foundation of basic forms to construct your figures. Each week you’ll receive an intense tutorial describing each muscle group of the body and how the muscles are constructed and drawn. You’ll see examples of how the muscles learned can then be applied to various industry methods of drawing such as comics, animation and concept design.

The classes themselves focus on as much information about the human figure as we can pack into six weeks. The demonstrations of each lecture show a method of drawing that anyone with a base understanding of shape and form can then replicate on their own.

Being able to construct a human figure with line art is a necessary skill in creating believable comic stories–lessons learned here still apply to any discipline or industry: comics, animation and illustration alike. Having a full-time professional comic artist as your instructor gives you personal critiques and feedback on your work—and that’s something you don’t get anywhere else!

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  • You will work with professional comic book artist Phillip Sevy.
  • You will pencil a finished 1-page story or a finished illustration focusing on the human figure.
  • You will keep a sketch thread throughout the course to practice the skills discussed in class and provide a place for further instruction and critiques.
  • Course covers drawing techniques to help you learn all the muscles of the human body and how to recreate them on your own after the class is done.
  • You’ll watch in real time as Phillip draws each part of the body and illustrates how to construct a figure without the need for photo reference.
  • You have exclusive access to a dedicated class-member-only online forum.
  • You’ll have access to recordings of any class in the series for the duration of the class and a few weeks after its conclusion—so you never have to miss a class!
  • Simply click on the PayPal button and you’re enrolled!

Phillip Sevy began his comics career with Heartless Dark, a weekly webcomic he wrote, penciled, inked, and colored. At its conclusion, Phillip attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he got his MFA in Sequential Art. Working primarily as an artist, he’s had work published by Zenescope, Hic & Hoc Publications, and SCAD as well as featured in a variety of anthologies. After completing the four-issue miniseries The F1rst Hero for Action Lab Entertainment, he was named a runner-up in the 2013 Top Cow Talent Hunt competition.

For Top Cow, he drew the Magdalena short story Adelphia (which appeared in an issue of Witchblade) which led to him drawing the IXth Generation one-shots Athena IX and Poseidon IX and issues 5-8 of The Tithe (with series co-creator Rahsan Ekedal) as well as contributing to Witchblade 185 (the final issue of the landmark series).

Phillip completed a 12-issue run on the Tomb Raider ongoing series from Dark Horse Comics, written by Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki. His creator-owned miniseries The House (with Drew Zucker) is on Comixology and his creator-owned oneshot Paradox is now available in stores, as is his sci-fi miniseries Triage through Dark Horse, which was written, drawn, inked AND colored by Phillip (with letters by Frank Cvetkovic).

Phillip’s worked with a variety of corporate clients doing commercial illustration over the last few years, including AMC Entertainment and the Sundance Channel. When he’s not drawing, he teaches Comics and Sequential Art at Broadview Entertainment Arts University where he’s won awards for Outstanding Faculty and Excellence in Applied Learning.

Do I need to know a whole lot about comics?

Absolutely not. The course is strictly a study on the human figure. The information provided can be applied to any industry or artistic medium. The class has a quick pace, so if you’re very new, be prepared to work, but one thing we pride ourselves on at Comics Experience is our ability to teach to any individual’s skill level.

These courses aren’t about the instructor, and that’s why we keep them small. We have an excellent track record with our students and clients, and it’s our top aim to keep it that way. Everyone’s welcome, and the group learning will help everyone improve!

Do I need to be a computer wiz for the class?

Nope. Not one bit. You need to have high-speed Internet access and headphones/earbuds to listen in. A microphone is helpful, but that’s by no means necessary. Ultimately, you don’t have to speak if you don’t want to, though we like hearing your voice! Once you’re in your first class, we’re sure you’ll get comfortable very quickly.

What if I miss a class?

Don’t worry if you miss a class. All of our classes are recorded and available to view via streaming link for the duration of the course. And on top of that, you’ll have exclusive access to the Comics Experience message board set up just for the class. You’ll be able to interact with the rest of your class all week long at any time!

If I don’t live in the United States, can I still take the course?

You bet. We’ve had students jump in from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa. Not Antarctica yet, but give us time! Many of these students have not been able to attend live, and they’ve all been happy to view the recordings and interact with their classmates online!

Learning about drawing the human figure is great, but do we get any practical industry advice?

Industry advice isn’t the focus of this particular course, but questions on the industry are always welcome. This course has a broader appeal than just comics, so the industry topics will address several professional disciplines.

I don’t really want to BE a comic book artist, but I like comic book art. Is this the class for me?

You are under no real pressure to complete the active homework assignments. We encourage that you do because it enhances your own learning. But if you just want to get into the mindset or gain a better understanding of how to look at and evaluate the art you see in your hobby, then jump on in and we think you’ll be astounded by all the thought, preparation, and skill that goes into making a rock solid comic book page.

What do I do after the class?

Once the course is over, you’ll have a greater understanding of how to draw the human figure. It is then up to you to continue to draw the figure in your comics, animations or illustrations and put into practice the lectures given during the course.

The homework associated with the class encourages students to draw on a weekly basis, filling their sketchbooks with anatomical studies of the figure. This habit can be continued after class as you refine your understanding of the body and how to move figures around in space.

The Creators Workshop forum is also a fantastic place to refine your work and receive critiques and encouragement from a community of artists and comic professionals.

How do I sign up?

Click on the PayPal button and you’ll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days giving you everything you need to get started with the course.

There are NO Prerequisites for this course—jump on in! It is open to anyone interested in drawing the human figure in any industry!

To participate in our live online sessions you will need:

  • A computer or mobile device that meets Zoom’s minimum requirements
  • To agree to the terms included in Comics Experience’s User Agreement.
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Headphones/ear buds with microphone (optional, but strongly suggested)
  • A mind like a sponge!